In 1876, the National League (NL) supplanted the NA as the major professional league.
The team began to fade after this success, and was dealt a severe blow under the ownership of the Robison brothers Prior to the 1899 season, Frank Robison, the Spiders owner, bought the St.
Louis Browns, thus owning two clubs at the same time.
Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter being a reference to their logo, Chief Wahoo.
Also, the team's mascot is named "Slider." The franchise originated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team in the Western League.
The Browns were renamed the "Perfectos", and restocked with Cleveland talent.
Just weeks before the season opener, most of the better Spiders players were transferred to St.
They then had a mediocre record for six seasons and were ruined by a trade war with the Union Association (UA) in 1884, when its three best players (Fred Dunlap, Jack Glasscock, and Jim Mc Cormick) jumped to the UA after being offered higher salaries. After the AA's Allegheny club jumped to the NL Cleveland followed suit in 1889, as the AA began to crumble.
The Cleveland ball club, named the Spiders (supposedly inspired by their "skinny and spindly" players) slowly became a power in the league.
During the 1869 season, Cleveland was among several cities which established professional baseball teams following the success of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional team.